Foyleside Shopping Centre extension plans announced

Plans have been announced for a major extension to Foyleside Shopping Centre in Derry, with 500 construction jobs and 300 full time jobs envisaged.

It is estimated that the total cost of the Foyleside expansion would be in the region of £100 million, and that it would take over 2 years to build.

The expansion proposals involve the creation of a further 235,000 Sq Ft of additional retail space, an office block of 67,000 Sq Ft, along with a 9 screen cinema and additional car parking.

The proposed extension would be constructed on the lands opposite Foyleside Shopping Centre, which are currently occupied by Orchard House, an existing Government office building, Foyleside East Car Park and the existing Visitor & Convention Bureau established by Derry City Council.

The developers have entered into discussions with the Department of Finance & Personnel and the Department for Social Development in relation to relocating the Orchard House tenants to a proposed new office block on the Foyle Embankment.

Discussions are also underway with Derry City Council, but in both instances, the developers say the talks are "exploratory".